An Awakening — Luke Skywalker is Kylo Ren (or I’m horribly wrong and my grandkids will never forgive me)

Daniel Mirolli
Oct 20, 2015 · 10 min read
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The latest poster for Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

Kylo Ren is Luke Skywalker. Luke Skywalker is Kylo Ren.

Before people begin lobbing thermal detonators my way I’ve actually thought long and hard about this and tonight’s trailer release simply confirms my suspicions. Yes, much of this is speculation. Duh! None of us have seen the film and I’m not privy to any information that isn’t available to everyone.

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So, here’s 10 reasons why Luke is to Kylo as Finkle is to Einhorn.

1. The Poster

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2. The Cowl

We’re dealing with two ancient and opposing, albeit evidenced, religions in the Star Wars universe; Jedi vs Sith. Mysticism, symbolism, and color are very important. There’s a “reason” Jedi fight in bathrobes instead of a more combat ready, blaster repelling, MJOLNIR Mark VI armour (sweet Cortana, someone please create that side fiction) and it’s, “our Jedi Order says so”. Everything is to align itself with the ideas and mythos of their side of the force.

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3. The Timeline

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4. Mark’s Age

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5. Kylo Ren

So what do we actually know about this guy? According to the Star Wars Wiki, Kylo Ren was born sometime after the Battle of Endor. And while initial assumptions are that he was physically born after the Battle of Endor we also know one very important thing:

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Leaked concept art for The Force Awakens

6. Yin and Yang Film Cycle

If you haven’t caught on to this yet, the Star Wars franchise oscillates between a Sith and Jedi dominated storyline, influenced by the Yin and Yang culture from which the originally story was likely plagiarized (The Hidden Fortress).

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Queue Star Wars Magic:

7. The Pledge

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8. The Turn

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9. The Prestige

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10. Abrams — The Easter Egg King

Let’s face it, the guy loves leaving gotcha clues throughout his movies. As a fan I enjoy this. But, remember that poster from the beginning? The masked Kylo Ren ominously looming over everyone makes me wonder if Abrams didn’t purposefully request that poster to be able to point fans back to at the end of Episode VIII. Just a thought.

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Alternative Theory — Clones!!!

I have to give my roommate credit for this one as he’s actually read the Timothy Zahn series of VII-IX. He pointed out that the final installment of that series, The Last Command, sees Luke encounter a clone of himself.

“Yes, Jedi Skywalker,” C’baoth said quietly from behind him. “He is you. Luuke Skywalker, created from the hand you left behind in the Cloud City on Bespin. Wielding the lightsaber you lost there.”

And what did we see in the released trailer tonight? Luke’s original lightsaber — lost on Cloud City during his battle with its former master.

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Update: Abrams continues the speculation regarding Luke’s absence saying,

“These are good questions to be asking. I can’t wait for you to find out the answer”

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